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National Holdings Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fiscal Third Quarter 2018


NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:NHLD) ("National" or the "Company"), a leading full service independent brokerage, investment banking, trading, insurance, accounting and asset management firm providing diverse services including tax preparation, today announced its financial results for the fiscal third quarter 2018.

Fiscal Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights:

  • Quarterly revenue of $56.2 million, versus $48.0 million for the fiscal third quarter 2017. Continued strength in investment banking, commissions and investment management contributed to a 17% increase in revenue period to period.
  • Investment banking revenues increased 48% to $18.7 million in the quarter bolstered by a strong and diversified deal pipeline.
  • Income before other expense and income taxes was $1.6 million, up 171% compared to profit of $0.6 million in the prior year quarter. When adjusting for the unrealized warrant portfolio losses in the quarter, income increases to $3.8 million in the current quarter versus $0.6 million in the prior year quarter.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.2 million from $1.2 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the unrealized gains and losses on the firm's warrant portfolio to provide a view on its core operating profitability.  
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $34.4 million and no debt as of June 30, 2018 versus $27.9 million as of September 30, 2017.
  • Equity of $47.7 million as of June 30, 2018 versus $38.9 million as of September 30, 2017. The significant increase in equity period to period is due to the reclassification of the firm's warrant liability to equity in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the result of an amendment to the warrant agreement previously disclosed.

Management Commentary

Michael Mullen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National stated, "I am extremely pleased to see continued outperformance during the third quarter and importantly over the past 22 months since our reorganization. We have been working tirelessly to implement major changes to our risk management systems, upgrade our technology platforms, and fine tune the National leadership team with the addition of highly skilled individuals to ensure all employees, both new and seasoned, remain focused on ensuring the long-term success of National and our clients. It is amazing to see that with increased direction and focus we were able to quickly transform our business and increase profitability across numerous sectors. This is notably visible in our increased third quarter revenue figure, which was bolstered by a highly diversified deal pipeline comprised of 100% non-affiliated deals." 

Mr. Mullen continued, "Noteworthy this quarter, we closed on approximately $90 million of investments in two highly sought-after private companies through our Special Purpose Vehicle, Innovation X. The first company is one of the world's most popular social media apps and one of the 10 most highly valued private companies in the US. The second is a leading aerospace manufacturer and one of the fastest growing providers of launch services. Innovation X is co-managed by National Asset Management and Roger Monteforte, one of our longest tenured branch owners. Roger pioneered this business vertical at National and through his leadership it has grown remarkably, becoming an important part of the diversified product offerings available to our clientele. We believe we have never been better positioned for success and we look forward to an impactful end of year."

Fiscal Third Quarter and Year to Date 2018 Financial Results

National reported third quarter 2018 revenue of $56.2 million, up $8.2 million or 17% over the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Total expenses increased $7.2 million or 15% to $54.7 million in the quarter.

For the nine months to date, revenue increased $22.2 million (15%) to $166.7 million, while expenses increased 16% to $160.6 million. Revenue was negatively impacted by $2.7 million of unrealized losses in our warrant portfolio in the current year. We continue to invest strategically in people, technology and risk management, increasing our operating expense base, but also aiding in the outperformance seen in our increased revenue figures.


Our major revenue categories continued to produce strong results in the current quarter. The majority of the revenue increase in Q3 2018 was recorded in investment banking, up $6.1 million (48%) to $18.7 million.

  • Commissions and related fees increased $3.5 million (13%) to $30.0 million in the quarter; and investment advisory, an area of strategic importance, was up $1.7 million (47%) versus the prior year quarter to $5.3 million from $3.6 million on the continuing growth of assets under management and equity market values.
  • The other significant change occurred in net dealer inventory gains which produced a loss of ($1.3) million versus revenue of $1.8 million in the prior year quarter. The strategic change announced in the second quarter of 2018 to focus on client and deal facilitation, reducing expected revenue levels but increasing overall profitability, was further negatively impacted by unrealized losses in the firm's warrant portfolio in the current quarter totaling $2.3 million.

For the nine months ended June 30, 2018, total revenue increased 15% to $166.7 million on strength in the same categories recognized in the current quarter – commissions and related fees, investment banking, and investment advisory.

Operating Expenses

The 3rd quarter of 2018 saw an increase of 15% in total expenses, to $54.7 million from $47.5 million in the prior year period. The increase is consistent with our 2018 plan, focusing on strategic upgrading and increasing staff where appropriate.

  • Commissions, compensation and fees increased $8.6 million to $48.6 million in the current quarter. The increase in investment banking, commissions, and investment advisory revenue, and therefore compensation expense, contributed to the majority of the increase. As we have previously noted, planned infrastructure spending in technology development and enterprise risk management professionals and the related Incremental employee compensation and benefits contributed to the increase.
  • License and registration fees, which includes software licensing, increased $0.5 million (120%) to $0.9 million in the quarter on incremental technology spending. Communications expenses and depreciation expenses increased $0.2 million (24%) and $0.1 million (34%), respectively, also on increased technology spending.
  • Other administrative expenses declined $1.9 million (52%) to a more normalized level of spending in the current quarter. The prior year quarter included higher provisions for potential arbitration settlements and higher insurance costs. 

For the nine months ended June 30, 2018, total operating expenses increased $22 million (16%) to $160.6 million, from $138.6 million in the prior year period. The increases across expense categories are consistent with what the company experienced in the three quarters to date – variable compensation expense associated with commission, investment banking and investment advisory revenue, upgrading staff and incremental staff compensation and benefits as previously noted, and technology development. The reduction in other administrative expenses is principally due to lower provisions for potential legal expenses and arbitration settlements in the current year period.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.2 million in the current quarter, from $1.2 million in prior year quarter. For the nine months ended June 30th, AEBITDA of $12.1 million compared to $7.6 million in the comparable 2017 period. 

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2018, National had $34.4 million of cash and cash equivalents, versus $27.9 million as of September 30, 2017. The Company's balance sheet remains debt free.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Non-GAAP measures shown in this release exclude various items detailed further below.

  • National defines non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) excluding: interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of warrant liability, forgivable loan amortization, unrealized gain/loss on the firm's warrant portfolio and gain due to a reduction in Gilman branches.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included with the financial information included in this press release. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Management believes that the presentation of non-GAAP results, when shown in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends related to the company's operating results.

About National Holdings Corporation
National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:NHLD) is a full-service investment banking and asset management firm that, through its affiliates, provides a range of services, including independent retail brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, institutional sales and trading, equity research, financial planning, market making, tax preparation and insurance, to corporations, institutions, high net-worth and retail investors. With over 1,000 advisors, registered reps, traders, sales associates and corporate staff, National Holdings operates through various subsidiaries including National Securities Corporation, National Asset Management, Inc., National Insurance Corporation, Gilman Ciocia, Inc. and GC Capital Corporation. Formed as a holding company in 1999, National Holdings' largest subsidiary National Securities Corporation has been in business since 1947. National Holdings is headquartered in New York and Florida. For more information, visit Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBIO) through its affiliate FBIO Acquisition, Inc., is a majority shareholder of NHLD.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are based on management's current expectations, estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions about National Holdings, Inc., its current and prospective portfolio investments, and its industry. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond National Holdings, Inc.'s control, difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Actual developments and results are likely to vary materially from these estimates and projections as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in National Holdings, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements speak only as of the time when made, and National undertakes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.


Eric Hazard for National


  June 30,
  September 30,
Cash $ 28,664,000     $ 23,508,000  
Restricted cash 1,352,000     1,381,000  
Cash deposits with clearing organizations 336,000     1,041,000  
Securities owned, at fair value 8,593,000     7,102,000  
Receivables from broker-dealers and clearing organizations 3,181,000     2,850,000  
Forgivable loans receivable 1,610,000     1,616,000  
Other receivables, net 5,277,000     5,180,000  
Prepaid expenses 1,374,000     2,490,000  
Fixed assets, net 2,532,000     2,397,000  
Intangible assets, net 4,997,000     4,843,000  
Goodwill 5,217,000     5,217,000  
Deferred tax asset, net 4,350,000     6,420,000  
Other assets, principally refundable deposits 419,000     353,000  
Total Assets $ 67,902,000     $ 64,398,000  
Securities sold, but not yet purchased, at fair value $ 24,000     $ 151,000  
Accrued commissions and payroll payable 11,974,000     10,065,000  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 7,471,000     8,715,000  
Deferred clearing and marketing credits 629,000     786,000  
Warrants issued     5,597,000  
  Other 77,000     181,000  
Total Liabilities 20,175,000     25,495,000  
Stockholders' Equity      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none outstanding      
Common stock $0.02 par value, authorized 75,000,000 shares at June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017; 12,490,990 and 12,437,916 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively 249,000     248,000  
Additional paid-in-capital 85,273,000     66,955,000  
Accumulated deficit (37,795,000 )   (28,315,000 )
Total National Holdings Corporation Stockholders' Equity 47,727,000     38,888,000  
Non-Controlling interest     15,000  
Total Stockholders' Equity 47,727,000     38,903,000  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 67,902,000     $ 64,398,000  

  Three Month Period Ended
June 30,
  Nine Month Period Ended
June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Commissions $ 28,397,000       $ 24,881,000       $ 85,422,000       $ 73,380,000  
Net dealer inventory gains (losses) (1,263,000 )     1,767,000       2,402,000       7,735,000  
Investment banking 18,733,000       12,645,000       47,812,000       37,253,000  
Investment advisory 5,281,000       3,604,000       15,811,000       10,690,000  
Interest and dividends 772,000       675,000       2,003,000       2,065,000  
Transaction fees and clearing services 1,605,000       1,649,000       5,680,000       5,834,000  
Tax preparation and accounting 2,445,000       2,527,000       6,835,000       6,527,000  
Other 267,000       299,000       697,000       1,016,000  
Total Revenues 56,237,000       48,047,000       166,662,000       144,500,000  
Operating Expenses              
Commissions, compensation and fees 48,555,000       39,963,000       141,462,000       118,983,000  
Clearing fees 451,000       470,000       1,772,000       1,826,000  
Communications 857,000       690,000       2,429,000       2,094,000  
Occupancy 738,000       972,000       2,834,000       2,916,000  
License and registration 861,000       391,000       2,028,000       1,223,000  
Professional fees 1,077,000       1,083,000       3,047,000       3,336,000  
Interest 25,000       5,000       30,000       13,000  
Depreciation and amortization 387,000       288,000       1,145,000       871,000  
Other administrative expenses 1,727,000       3,610,000       5,839,000       7,315,000  
Total Operating Expenses 54,678,000       47,472,000       160,586,000       138,577,000  
Income before Other (Expense) Income and Income Taxes 1,559,000       575,000       6,076,000       5,923,000  
Other (Expense) Income              
Gain on disposal of Gilman branches                   130,000  
Change in fair value of warrant liability       (642,000 )     (11,194,000 )     5,223,000  
Other income (expense) (146,000 )     5,000       90,000       10,000  
Total Other (Expense) Income (146,000 )     (637,000 )     (11,104,000 )     5,363,000  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes 1,413,000       (62,000 )     (5,028,000 )     11,286,000  
Income tax expense (benefit) 601,000       (38,000 )     4,452,000       2,377,000  
Net (Loss) Income $ 812,000       $ (24,000 )     $ (9,480,000 )     $ 8,909,000  
Net (loss) income per share - Basic $ 0.07       $       $ (0.76 )     $ 0.72  
Net (loss) income per share - Diluted $ 0.06       $       $ (0.76 )     $ 0.72  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Basic 12,490,539       12,437,916       12,461,776       12,437,916  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - Diluted 13,899,374       12,437,916       12,461,776       12,459,834  

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Nine Months Ended
June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Net (loss) income, as reported $ 812,000     $ (24,000 )     $ (9,480,000 )     $ 8,909,000    
Interest expense 25,000     5,000       30,000       13,000    
Income taxes 601,000     (38,000 )     4,452,000       2,377,000    
Depreciation 158,000     91,000       487,000       278,000    
Amortization 229,000     197,000       658,000       593,000    
EBITDA 1,825,000     231,000       (3,853,000 )     12,170,000    
Non-cash compensation expense 929,000     129,000       1,605,000       312,000    
Change in fair value of warrant liability     642,000       11,194,000       (5,223,000 )  
Forgivable loan amortization 164,000     158,000       474,000       520,000    
Unrealized (gain) loss on the firm's warrant portfolio 2,254,000     5,000       2,723,000       (64,000 )  
Gain on disposal of Gilman branches                 (130,000 )  
EBITDA, as adjusted $ 5,172,000     $ 1,165,000       $ 12,143,000       $ 7,585,000    

* National defines non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) excluding: interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of warrant liability, forgivable loan amortization, unrealized gain/loss on the firm's warrant portfolio and gain on disposal of Gilman branches.

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